Nancy Barnes, a top news executive at NPR, will lead The Boston Globe, the newspaper announced on Monday.
Ms. Barnes, 61, has held top editorial jobs at major news organizations across the country. Before joining NPR, the public radio network, in 2018, she was the executive editor of the Houston Chronicle and editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She announced in September that she would leave NPR, where she is senior vice president for news and editorial director, after a new executive role was created above her.
At The Globe, Ms. Barnes will succeed Brian McGrory, who has led the publication for a decade. Mr. McGrory, a 33-year veteran of the newspaper, will write an opinion column. He’s also set to become the chair of Boston University’s journalism department.
Ms. Barnes, who will start in the role in February, is the first top editor chosen by John and Linda Henry, who bought The Globe from The New York Times Company in 2013.
In a statement, Ms. Henry, the chief executive of Boston Globe Media, said that Ms. Barnes was “an industry leader in connecting with new and vast audiences.”
“Nancy is renowned for her commitment to high-quality journalism, her excellent leadership skills and her passion for innovation,” Ms. Henry said.
At NPR, Ms. Barnes was tasked with steadying the outlet after the departure of her predecessor, Michael Oreskes, who left in late 2017 amid accusations of sexual misconduct. Ms. Barnes also steered the public radio network through a period of turmoil in 2021 stemming from the exodus of prominent journalists of color, including Audie Cornish, who left for CNN, and Lulu Garcia-Navarro, who joined The New York Times.